Practicum Requirement Update *This is an important update for Practicum Training Agencies and future CIPHI Candidates.*

The Board of Certification (BOC) has amended Administrative Policy 3 and
the associated “Practicum Guideline for Training Agency & Trainees –
Revised November 2021

See this document, below are some highlighted changes:

  1. 1. During the course of the practicum, candidates are now required to obtain a minimum of 420 hours that are directly related to the Learning Module Goals. This will be done as follows:
  • Candidates are responsible for tracking hours during the minimum period of 12 calendar weeks and *420 hours *of supervised work, not including travel time.
  • Candidates who submit inaccurate, incomplete, or ineligible practicum documentation may be refused examination and are subject to an administrative fee in accordance with BOC policy 6.
  • Practicum Coordinators are responsible for ensuring that the candidates hours are accurate.
  • The BOC is also auditing candidate practicum hours to confirm that the minimum 420 hours have been met, before allowing the candidate to sit the Oral BOC Exam.

2. To be eligible to take the BOC exam, candidates must have successfully completed a practicum at least 50 days before and no more than 5 years prior to the oral exam date to which the candidate is applying. Candidates who have not successfully completed a practicum within 5 years of the oral exam date are not eligible to apply for the BOC examination.

PDH Entry 2021

A reminder to CIPHI Members:

This is a reminder that you have until Jan 31st, 2022 to enter your Professional Development Hours (PDHs) on the CIPHI Members Service Centre (MSC). After Jan 31st, 2022 you will not be able to input PDHs for the 2021 year. Review the ‘PDH Entry 2021’ image for tips on earning PDHs.

For more PDH information, please refer to the Professional Development Model or the PDH Entry Tool. If you have any questions, you may reach the Council of Professional Experience at


Dear Members:

In alignment with the CIPHI National Executive Council strategic vision, CIPHI is seeking Expressions of Interest for up to three (3) National Director positions.

Position Responsibilities:

Each National Director will be assigned a portfolio based on the NEC strategic plan, and will have responsibility for co-chairing the portfolio committee and working in partnership with the other members of the NEC to advance the vision and directive of CIPHI.


Regular/Life/Retired member of CIPHI

Recent experience as an NEC member

Recent experience as Chair of an NEC committee

Recent NEC experience in one of the three CIPHI Priority Areas:

  • Education
  • Advocacy
  • Policy/Governance

Term of Appointment:

Each National Director will be appointed for up to a three-year term, with CIPHI Member ratification occurring at each subsequent Annual General Meeting. National Directors may be appointed for up to two consecutive terms.

Appointment Process:

Upon receipt of Expressions of Interest, the CIPHI National Officers will review each application for the skills, experience, and qualifications in alignment with the CIPHI vision and priority objectives. The National Executive Council will vote to affirm the appointment of National Directors at a duly convened NEC meeting.

Please submit a written expression of interest outlining how you meet the above criteria (no more than 250 words) along with a recent resume/CV to Expressions will be received until 16:00 PST on December 1, 2021. Late applications will not be considered.

The CIPHI Office

Medical Officers of Health panel: Health Equity and The Way Forward

As part of our National CIPHI Education Virtual Series, we spotlighted our Medical Officers of Health Panel on Health Equity in the session entitled The Way Forward.

The session was co-hosted by Education Committee co-chairs:

  • Shain Mergulhao – incoming ON Branch CIPHI President and a supervisor in the Peel region, Ontario
  • Kari Engele-Carter – past National CIPHI President and a senior public health inspector in Saskatchewan

The goal of the session was to:

  • Continue growth and learning in the public health inspection profession.
  • Provide opportunities for more professional development hours (PDHs), and for equitable access across Canada.
  • Keep our collegiality, connection, and community thriving while harnessing the power of our social cohesiveness.

The session was structured as follows:

  • Three medical health officer panelists’ reflections on their pandemic experience and highlight aspects of health equity
  • An open, guided Q&A session
  • Audience engagement with panelists on:
    • Lesson learned around health equity
    • Potential barriers within their diverse communities
    • Reflections on how we can better apply a health equity lens environmental health in the future

CIPHI 2020 National Annual Educational Conference has been postponed until 2022


After careful consideration and in discussion with CIPHI Executive, the decision was made to postpone the National CIPHI Conference to 2022 to allow us to focus on the important work that we do.  The new dates for the conference are September 11-14, 2022.  We will hold and honour all reservations that have been submitted to date.  Refunds will also be provided upon request. We would also like to remind everyone that if you had pre-booked your stay with one of the host hotels, that you contact them to cancel your booking.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

We thank you for your continued support and stay tuned for more information!

CIPHI 2020 AEC Planning Committee

CIPHI Virtual Workshop Series

Dear Public Health and Environmental Health Professionals Across Canada!

CIPHI is excited to release information on our upcoming CIPHI virtual workshop series.

Wow, what a year so far as we move through the COVID-19 pandemic, working diligently and consistently with high demands, Reopening plans and with many of us soon to embark on our busiest season with regular program delivery.

We stand united and will continue to persevere through these challenging times and hardships together. Let’s continue to support one another, protecting and promoting the health of our communities.

As a sincere thank you to our profession, CIPHI will be offering a series of monthly virtual workshops with topics including:

  • conflict & assertive training
  • mental health and burnout support
  • aspects of conscious leadership
  • emotional intelligence
  • psychological safety in the workplace
  • organizational well-being

CIPHI has identified a niche area that has further amplified as a gap during the pandemic.

In addition we will introduce a series of social networking events that will induce more meaningful connection, collaboration and collegiality while providing equitable access across Canada.

Watch for more details coming soon!

CIPHI will continue to support technical workshops provided through NCCEH and other partners. A list of existing educational resources are available at

CIPHI’s virtual workshop series will primarily be NO REGISTRATION FEE over the next year!

Watch for our upcoming announcements!


The National Education Committee

Co-leads Shain Mergulhao and Kari Engele-Carter

2021 Awards Letter and Nomination Form

The Awards Committee of the National Executive Council of the Canadian Institute of Public Health
Inspectors (CIPHI) would like to take this opportunity to announce that nominations for National Awards are now being accepted. For those interested in submitting a nomination, please ensure that the required information for the particular award is forwarded to the National Office by August 1, 2021.

Each year CIPHI recognizes individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions to the field of environmental public health and/or to the Institute. Awards are presented to individuals and agencies that have been deemed to have made a significant contribution(s) to the professional association, the field of environmental public health and/or to the betterment of public health in general. Listed below are the awards and the general selection criteria. For detailed criteria, visit the National website at CIPHI National Office. The nomination can be found here.